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Moran fights back

Rep. Jerry Moran was considered by many to be the front-runner in his race to fill Senator Sam Brownback’s seat in Washington, but the Hays Republican seems to be running his campaign from the second-place spot.

For the past few months, Tiahrt has not been shy about attacking Moran through both press releases and personal appearances.

On Tuesday, Moran’s campaign continued its reactive campaigning through a press release that “responded” to Tiahrt’s remark attack.

“Jerry Moran has long championed smaller government, lower spending and reforming Washington’s spending committee and has a record to prove it. That’s how he got a 96 percent rePork rating from the Club for Growth for his efforts for earmark reform, and why anti-earmark heroes like Sen. Tom Coburn and Rep. Jeff Flake endorsed him.

Earmarks used to be about bringing tax dollars back to communities, but thanks to the spending committees’ manipulation of the process, they have turned it into a haven for some of Washington’s worst spending and corruption. Todd Tiahrt has played a central role in that process, defining his career as an appropriator, earmarking and spending freely.

While Jerry was championing a ban on earmarks in 2008, Todd Tiahrt was credited with leading the charge to kill that GOP earmark ban, preserving the spending committee and his wasteful-spending ways, like securing $400,000 for indoor tennis courts, and voting for the Murtha Airport for Nobody and Speaker Pelosi’s $2 million San Francisco Pier earmark.

It’s ironic that Jerry is being lectured by a member of the spending committee who came under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for Appropriation-related indiscretions with the now-defunct PMA group, and then closely followed that by introducing legislation to ban earmarks – two years after he led the charge to kill the very same ban.”

The press release is the latest in what has become a cat-and-mouse game between the two Republicans with Tiart largely taking control. Both appeared at the 3i show in Great Bend last week, albeit separately after Moran refused to agree to a debate. In fact, Moran spent much of the past two months dodge debate bullets.

The two finally agreed to two debates, which will be held in June and July in Topeka and Wichita respectfully.

Maybe Moran is trying to play the “good guy” so he can accuse Tiahrt of dirty politics down the road. Or maybe his years of little or no competition have left his with a bit of uncertainty on exactly how to handle an opponent.

With less than three months until the primary election, we’re likely to see both candidate step up their game, buy some air time and finally meet one another. I, for one, am excited.

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About Katie Stockstill-Sawyer

I am a city girl that is learning about life on the farm. I met and married a fourth-generation farmer, Derek. I am now a farmer's wife and country girl. The move has required a few changes and a lot of learning. But I wouldn't change my new life and all of the little lessons and surprises it provides.

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